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  1. Howard Wettstein, Griswold's Forgiveness University of California, Riverside 3/25/2008 8:33:00 AM.
    • When one reflects on the range of actual cases in which forgiveness seems appropriate, it’s really a subset of them that involve moral wrongdoing. When one thinks of the domestic context, e.g., where forgiveness, apology, and the like are very common, painfully common, much of what is at issue are not serious moral wrongs but rather slights, insensitivities like inappropriate tones of voice (sometimes even marginally so). Or consider philosopher’s reactions to the slights involved in how their work is (...)
     
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  2. Howard Wettstein, Home About Us Contact Cognitive Significance Without Cognitive Content People Courses Colloquia Conference News/Events.
    Imagine how it must appear to the Martian making his first visit to earth. Let us suppose that he too is an intel­ligent being whose intelligence has, however, evolved without the mediation of language, but rather, say, through the develop­ment of ESP. So he is some­thing like the angels who, according to St. Thomas, can see things directly in their essences and communi­cate thought without language. What is the first thing he notices about earthlings? That they are forever making mouthy (...)
     
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  3. Howard Wettstein, Referents and Fixing Reference.
    Wittgenstein speaks of the fog that surrounds the workings of language. Our ways of thinking about reference contribute generously to the fog. While a full discussion would constitute a book-length project, my aims here are quite limited. I want to have a look at the idea that reference is a relation between a piece of language and a piece of reality. The idea might seem unexceptional and unexceptionable; names, for example, name things, and “relation” seems just right. But there is (...)
     
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  4. Howard Wettstein (2014). Forward-Looking Collective Responsibility. Wiley.
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  5. Peter A. French, Howard K. Wettstein & Ernest LePore (eds.) (2010). Philosophy and Poetry. Blackwell Pub..
    Philosophy and Poetry is the 33rd volume in the Midwest Studies in Philosophy series. It begins with contributions in verse from two world class poets, JohnAshbery and Stephen Dunn, and an article by Dunn on the creative processthat issued in his poem. The volume features new work from an internationalcollection of philosophers exploring central philosophical issues pertinent topoetry as well as the connections between the two domains.
     
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  6. Howard Wettstein (2010). Forgiveness and Moral Reckoning. Philosophia 38 (3):445-455.
    Charles Griswold’s seminal work, Forgiveness, is the focus of the present essay. Following Griswold, I distinguish the relevant virtue of character from something that is more like an act or process. The paper discusses a number of hesitations I have about Griswold’s analysis, at the level both of detail and of underlying conception.
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  7. Howard Wettstein (2009). The Significance of Religious Experience. Modern Schoolman 86 (3-4):381-398.
    This book is collection of published and unpublished essays on the philosophy of religion by Howard Wettstein.
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  8. Peter A. French & Howard Wettstein (eds.) (2008). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Truth and its Deformities. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  9. Howard Wettstein (2008). Against Theology. In Charles Harry Manekin & Robert Eisen (eds.), Philosophers and the Jewish Bible. University Press of Maryland.
    project. Their voices, though, have been dimmed by current theological orthodoxy--I don’t mean denominational Orthodoxy but rather the standard modes of theological thought bequeathed by the medievals. Developments in philosophy—like the work of Wittgenstein—suggest that the time may be ripe for another pass through the terrain.
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  10. Peter A. French & Howard K. Wettstein (eds.) (2007). Philosophy and the Empirical. Blackwell Pub. Inc..
    This collection of essays focuses on a current issue of central important in contemporary philosophy, the relationship between philosophy and empirical studies. Explores in detail a range of examples which demonstrate how the older paradigm – philosophy as conceptual analysis – is giving way to a more varied set of models of philosophical work Each of the featured papers is a previously unpublished contribution by a major scholar.
     
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  11. Howard Wettstein (ed.) (2007). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Philosophy and the Empirical. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  12. Howard Wettstein (2007). Précis of the Magic Prism. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (3):720-722.
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  13. Howard Wettstein (2007). Response to Fumerton, Marti, Reimer and Stroud. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (3):754-775.
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  14. Howard Wettstein (2007). Theodore E. Uehling, Jr., 1935-2006. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 80 (5):181 - 183.
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  15. Howard Wettstein (2006). Summary. Philosophical Books 47 (1):1-1.
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  16. Peter A. French, Howard Wettstein & J. M. Fischer (eds.) (2005). Free Will and Moral Responsibility (Midwest Studies in Philosophy 29). Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  17. Peter A. French, Howard Wettstein & John Martin Fischer (eds.) (2005). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Free Will and Moral Responsibility. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  18. Peter A. French, Howard K. Wettstein & Bruce S. Silver (2004). The American Philosophers. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  19. Howard K. Wettstein (2004). The Magic Prism: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language. Oxford University Press.
    The late 20th century saw great movement in the philosophy of language, often critical of the fathers of the subject-Gottlieb Frege and Bertrand Russell-but sometimes supportive of (or even defensive about) the work of the fathers. Howard Wettstein's sympathies lie with the critics. But he says that they have often misconceived their critical project, treating it in ways that are technically focused and that miss the deeper implications of their revolutionary challenge. Wettstein argues that Wittgenstein-a figure with whom the critics (...)
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  20. Howard Wettstein & Peter A. French (eds.) (2004). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, the American Philosophers. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  21. Peter A. French & Howard Wettstein (eds.) (2003). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  22. Peter A. French & Howard Wettstein (eds.) (2003). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Meaning in the Arts. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  23. Peter A. French & Howard K. Wettstein (2003). Meaning in the Arts. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
     
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  24. Howard Wettstein (2003). Against Theodicy. Philosophia 30 (1-4):131-142.
    It has long been urged against traditional theism, very long indeed, that God’s perfections—specifically in the domains of goodness, knowledge and power—are logically incompatible with the existence of unwarranted human suffering. It has almost equally long been urged that the problem is illusory—or at least surmountable; the tradition of theodicy must be only moments younger than the problem. The debate is a philosophical classic, with many ingenious moves on both sides, and epicycles galore. But whatever one’s view on the details (...)
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  25. Howard K. Wettstein, Peter A. French & Synergy Service) (2002). Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy.
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  26. Peter A. French & Howard Wettstein (eds.) (2001). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Figurative Language. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  27. Peter A. French & Howard K. Wettstein (2001). Figurative Language.
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  28. Peter A. French & Howard Wettstein (eds.) (2000). Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Life and Death: Metaphysics and Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  29. Peter A. French & Howard K. Wettstein (eds.) (1999). New Directions in Philosophy. Blackwell.
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  30. Howard Wettstein (1999). A Father of the Revolution. Philosophical Perspectives 13 (s13):443-457.
    When I was a graduate student in the late 60’s, Wittgenstein was very fashionable. Remarks like “meaning is use” rolled off one’s tongue as easily as “Hell no, we won’t go,” or “It’s not the case that necessarily the number of planets is greater than seven.” I vowed to avoid the Philosophical Investigations , and I was true to my vow until some years later when a friend commented that my approach to indexicals..
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  31. Howard Wettstein (1999). Against Theodicy. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1999 (1-4):115-125.
    The problem of theodicy is a philosophical classic. I argue that not only are the classical answers suspect, but that the question itself is problematic. In its classical form, the problem presupposes a conception of divinity—call it “perfect-being theology”—that does not go without saying. Even so, there is a significant gap between what the Western religions tell us about the reign of justice and what we seem to find in the world. I argue that approaches to evil need to maintain (...)
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  32. Peter A. French & Howard K. Wettstein (1998). Philosophy of Emotions.
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  33. Peter A. French, Theodore Edward Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein (1997). Philosophy of Religion.
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  34. Howard Wettstein (1997). Awe and the Religious Life: A Naturalistic Perspective. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 21 (1):257-280.
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  35. Howard Wettstein (1997). Doctrine. Faith and Philosophy 14 (4):423-443.
    I argue that theological doctrine, the output of philosophical theology, is not a natural tool for thinking about biblical/rabbinic Judaism. Fundamental to my argument is the claim that there is a tension between constellations of theological doctrine of medieval vintage and the primary religious literature---the Hebrew Bible as understood through, and supplemented by, the Rabbis of the Talmud. This tension is a product of the genesis of philosophical theology, the application of Greek philosophical thought to a very different tradition, one (...)
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  36. Peter A. French, Theodore Edward Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein (1996). Moral Concepts.
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  37. Howard Wettstein (1995). Causal Theory of Proper Names'. In Audi Robert (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. 109--10.
     
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  38. Howard Wettstein (1995). Terra Firma. The Monist 78 (4):425-446.
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  39. Peter A. French, Theodore Edward Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein (1994). Philosophical Naturalism.
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  40. Peter A. French, Theodore Edward Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein (1993). Philosophy of Science.
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  41. Peter A. French, Theodore Edward Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein (1992). The Wittgenstein Legacy.
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  42. Howard K. Wettstein (1991). Has Semantics Rested on a Mistake?: And Other Essays. Stanford University Press.
    The nature of reference, or the relation of a word to the object to which it refers, has been perhaps the dominant concern of twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Extremely influential arguments by Gottlob Frege around the turn of the century convinced the large majority of philosophers that the meaning of a word must be distinguished from its referent, the former only providing some kind of direction for reaching the latter. In the last twenty years, this Fregean orthodoxy has been vigorously challenged (...)
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  43. Howard K. Wettstein, E. Peter A. Uehling Theodore & French (1991). Philosophy and the Arts.
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  44. Peter A. French, Theodore E. Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein (1990). The Philosophy of the Human Sciences.
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  45. Howard Wettstein (1990). Frege‐Russell Semantics? Dialectica 44 (1‐2):113-135.
    Contemporary semantical discussions make mention of the traditional approach to semantics represented by Frege and/or Russell--even sometimes by Frege-Russell. Is there a Frege-Russell view in the philosophy of language? How much of a common semantical perspective did Frege and Russell share? The matter bears exploration. I begin with Frege and Russell on propositions.
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  46. Joseph Almog, John Perry, Howard K. Wettstein & David Kaplan (eds.) (1989). Themes From Kaplan. Oxford University Press, USA.
    This anthology of essays on the work of David Kaplan, a leading contemporary philosopher of language, sprang from a conference, "Themes from Kaplan," organized by the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University.
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  47. Peter A. French, Theodore Edward Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein (1989). Contemporary Perspectives in the Philosophy of Language, Ii.
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  48. John Perry, J. Almog & Howard K. Wettstein (eds.) (1989). Themes From Kaplan. Oxford University Press.
     
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  49. Howard Wettstein (1989). Turning the Tables on Frege or How is It That "Hesperus is Hesperus" is Trivial? Philosophical Perspectives 3:317-339.
  50. Peter A. French, Theodore Edward Uehling & Howard K. Wettstein (1988). Ethical Theory Character and Virtue.
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